“Huge wild-card audience surely means more wild-card games” – @ProFootballTalk

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In March, the NFL’s owners likely will vote to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams.  That would mean two more games in the wild-card round, an increase from four to six.

Which would mean 50 percent more games that America watches by the tens of millions.  Specifically the four wild-card games generated an average audience of 29.9 million, even though one of the games was on cable.  The FOX game between the Lions and Cowboys had an average audience of 42.3 million, with a peak of 48.3 million viewers between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Wildcard Weekend Recap: Injuries, injuries, and more injuries

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wildcardrecapOne way to sum up NFL Wildcard Weekend for 2015? Injuries. Third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley couldn’t provide any spark to an already Andre Ellington-less Cardinals offense. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense severely lacked any rushing attack with the absence of Le’Veon Bell. The Bengals lost two starting offensive weapons in A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. It shouldn’t be a surprise that each of these teams lost. Additionally, those three teams’ offenses combined for a total 43 points, meanwhile, the Panthers, Ravens and Colts combined for 83 total points.

The Detroit-Dallas game didn’t feature any injuries to key players and thus turned out to be a shootout with the Cowboys winning 24-20.

The Cowboys will face off against  the Green Bay Packers next SUNDAY at 1:05pm EST on FOX.

The rest of the divisional round is

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – SATURDAY 4:35pm EST on NBC

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – SATURDAY 8:15 pm EST on FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos 4:40pm – SUNDAY EST on CBS

NOTE: Fox Sports will stream their NFL games online starting this year, with playoffs, but there’s a catch

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“Fox Sports is taking the next step with the NFL and will stream all of its games online through computers and tablets. Users of the Fox Sports Go app will be able to watch NFL games online and this marks the first of the Sunday afternoon broadcasters to stream games.

Fox will stream all 97 NFC regular season games as well as its postseason games (one Wild Card game, two Divisional playoff games and the NFC Championship Game) on Fox Sports Go.

However, there’s a catch. Fans will only be able to access the games that are sent to their local markets. For instance this Sunday, if your Fox station carries New Orleans at Atlanta and San Francisco at Dallas, that’s what you will be able access on Fox Sports Go. You won’t be able to access out-of-market games.”

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